Virginia protesters pulled up the statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis on the city’s famous Monument Avenue during Wednesday night’s protests over the killing of George Floyd.
Local police filmed the siege around it as the statue was put on the road.
Davis marks the third statue of protesters tore in Richmond during civil unrest over Floyd’s Killing. A statue of Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham toppled at Monroe Park last weekend, while another Richmond statue of Christopher Columbus was torn down and thrown into the water of another park.
These statues are just one of many controversial monuments in the country and around the world that are now facing increased scrutiny in light of Floyd’s death. In Richmond, in particular, protesters have targeted Confederate statues along Monument Avenue.
The Virginia State Ralph Northam is the largest, 60-foot-tall Gen. Robert E. Northam on Avenue. Lee announced the removal of the statue, temporarily blocked by a court order.
The statue of Lee, like the others on the Avenue, was heavily damaged by graffiti. Opponents Recently George presented a picture of Floyd On the statue’s 40-foot pedestal with the words “No justice, no peace.”
The City Council of Richmond has unanimously approved the removal of all statues, The Richmond Times-Dispatch Announced.